Cheesequake (or Cheese Quake) is a mostly indica hybrid created by Subcool’s The Dank Seeds, the breeding collective also known for inventive varieties like Jesus OG and Conspiracy Kush. This strain is a cross between pungent staple Cheese and the fruity indica Querkle. A versatile smoke, Cheesequake can provide a powerful and enduring high that’s friendly to novice and experienced smokers alike. Cannabis testing lab Analytical 360 has measured this strain’s potency at as low as 13% and as high as 22% THC.
Cheesequake’s buds are not especially visually striking. The flowers are small to medium in size and hold together in the dense, popcorn-like bud structure typical of indicas. The leaves are a mossy green, threaded through with plenty of hairy orange pistils. Certain phenotypes also show off shades of purple, ranging from lavender to a deep indigo. These hues are the result of a process in which pigments called anthocyanins are stimulated by colder than average temperatures during the growing process. Cheesequake’s flowers are also covered in cloudy white trichomes, making them very resinous to the touch. This strain has a scent that will appeal to fans of bold flavors: parent plant Cheese comes through on the nose with a sour, tangy funk. Hanging out underneath are some clashing floral, berry, and grape notes passed on from Querkle. Notably, any grape aroma or taste is totally coincidental to Cheesequake’s purple leaves — the pigments responsible for the strain’s color do not correspond to its flavor profile. Although the strain’s smoke is smooth to inhale, all these flavors can make for an acrid, eye-stinging smell when the buds are burnt. There is a simultaneously sweet and sour taste on the exhale that may provide divisive for some consumers. This is a particularly pungent flower, so those who’d like to keep their smoking discreet should take any needed precautions.